Mitchell Boggs added his name to the long list of Cardinals who have made their major league debut this season. He was brought up after Mike Parisi struggled for the second consecutive start, and will most likely be used in long relief, barring another setback for Joel Piñero.
Boggs has actually been the best starter at Memphis this season, statistically. He features a low-90s fastball that can get up to 93 or so. He also has a plus curveball, which scouts say has "a deep break."
Boggs rounds out his arsenal with a cut-fastball and a slider. Both are decent pitches, but nothing special.
After watching Boggs make his debut and allow one ER in two innings of work, I still have to confess that I don't know much. I could be way off on this one, but I think he is capable of being a back-end starter in the bigs. Similar to Brad Thompson, although hopefully better. He should be useful to the Redbirds as an innings-eater right now.
His competition with Parisi, Jaime Garcia, Brad Thompson, and Anthony Reyes will always leave the Birds with a decent and promising young middle reliever, so it will be interesting how the fourth member of that group responds to the pressure and talent of the MLB.